Friday, October 28, 2005

NASA National at Mid-Ohio in 2006

The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) will host the amateur racing organization’s first national championship event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sept. 11-17, 2006, at the Lexington, Ohio, road course. The event will feature road racing, time trials, autocross, drifting and rallying competitions and also will incorporate participatory off-track activities, including driving demonstrations, manufacturer autocross rides, seminars and a car show.

NASA announced a new multi-year partnership with TrueSports, Inc. to hold this and other events at the the Lexington, Ohio, road course. “We have been planning a national event for many years, and we’re very happy to have TrueSports, Inc. as our partner,” said NASA Executive Director Jerry Kunzman. “Putting on our first national championship event at a prestigious facility like Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is great news for our organization and the more than 10,000 enthusiasts who make up our membership. This is going to be a unique event and we are tremendously excited to be working with the TrueSports team to bring it to reality.”

“Providing a world-class venue for ardent amateur racers is the basis of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course foundation,” said TrueSports President Michelle Trueman Gajoch. “We’re pleased to be able to add the NASA Championships to our schedule and to be able to play a part in helping NASA achieve its goal of putting on fair, affordable, fun events for automobile racers and enthusiasts.”

NASA already has a website devoted to this event; NASA Nationals.

In addition to the Championships, NASA also will sanction three regional race weekends at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Founded in 1991, the National Auto Sport Association is a membership-driven organization that stages over 120 professionally managed events for automobile racers and driving enthusiasts coast to coast. With more than 10,000 members in 15 chapters nationwide, NASA’s amateur racing programs cover a variety of motorsport disciplines, including competition road racing, high-performance driving events for street-licensed cars, rallying, autocross, drifting and time trial competitions.